We all have experienced the joy of receiving gifts on our birthdays. This joy is, however, short lived. Our souls and lives become richer, not when we receive something, but when we give something, when we share with our fellow souls. When we do so, it brings out an inner joy so magnificent, it dwarfs all the joy we may have experienced when we got something.

This joy of giving comes from our hearts. I believe that this joy that we experience we share with others is the divine amrita gifted to us by the gods themselves. The universe depends upon and cycles around the fact that whatever is yours today must have been someone else’s yesterday and will be someone else’s tomorrow, and therefore, we must not be stingy in giving to others what they need. Giving provides an intrinsic reward or, as you might know it, gives that warm fuzzy feeling inside that’s far more valuable than the gift itself!

As the Mahatma once said,” To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving relieves us of our earthly bonds and allows us to expand out unto the service of the world. Let us encourage ourselves to look for opportunities where we can give and help others. The gift of joy will come to us when we give ourselves up to the service of others. That’s what life is all about. So, let’s commit our lives to the service of others.

“Giving is the master key to success in all applications of human life.”

Sakshi Golatkar


AVM, Juhu